Cris Cyborg has released an official statement on her failed steroid test from her December Strikeforce title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka. In short, she blames it on tainted supplements like many others have in the past.
The official statement via MMAPrime.tv:
“I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system. I do not condone the use of any performance enhancing drugs by myself or any other professional athlete, and willingly accept the penalties and fines that have been handed down to me by the California State Athletic Commission and those of the StrikeForce/Zuffa organization.”“While I was preparing myself for my last fight I was having a difficult time cutting weight and used a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition. It was never my intention to obtain an unfair advantage over Hiroko, mislead StrikeForce, the Commission or my fans. I train harder than any fighter in MMA and do not need drugs to win in the cage, and I have proven this time and time again! My only mistake is not verifying the diet aid with my doctor beforehand, and understanding that it was not approved for use in the ring.” “Unfortunately in the end I suffer the consequences and must accept the responsibility for my actions.”“I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake.
Judging by her statement, it doesn’t sound like Cyborg is going to appeal the test result. Assuming that’s the case, she will have to serve a one-year suspension and pay a $2,500 fine.
Perhaps even more damaging to her career though are statements made by Dana White last night after the news broke. He told ESPN Radio in Las Vegas that he’s stripping Cyborg of her title and basically declared the women’s 145 lbs. division dead.
Cyborg will be allowed to fight again in a year, but what exactly will she come back to? Will she be forced to fight at 135? That seems like a stretch if she’s telling the truth about struggling to make 145.